For far too long, a particular segment of conservative Christianity has been successfully lobbying Christians that the only way to be a Bible-believing Christian is to be a Young Earth Creationist. This has been so strong for several decades that our children have all too often concluded that they cannot be conservative Christians because they do not believe in Young Earth Creationism.
On the other side, people who are not conservative Christians have successfully convinced the public that any belief in creationism means that the person is rejecting science. The fact that there are versions of creationism that are nowhere near being Young Earth Creationism is not known. So successful have been Young Earth Creationists in silencing any other voice that the claim that to be a creationist is to be against science is actually believable in this country.
But, finally, there are very slowly beginning to be conservative Christian voices that are speaking up and saying that this is not so. To my surprise, one of them has been Pat Robertson, see the segment above. At the beginning of the segment he says that he will probably be lynched for saying what he is about to say. If you do an online search, you will find out that this is exactly what is happening. Of all people, Pat Robertson is now being accused of denying the Bible!
Hopefully, the stand of Pat Robertson will give some courage for other Christians to stand up and reject publicly Young Earth Creationism. I am of the opinion that it is the strident preaching of Young Earth Creationism that led to the failure of the Intelligent Design movement back in the 1990’s. I have written on this several years ago. There is little doubt in my mind that a movement that was meant to allow the schools to teach the possibility of the guided development of the universe was taken over and twisted into a vehicle to force the teaching of Young Earth Creationism.
As a result, even some early supporters, like myself, ended up having to reject the attempt. Today, the attempt survives in the incessant book battles that are fought in the State of Texas over the science curriculum, and in Kansas over teaching models, etc. These are not battles over Christian principles, but battles over a particular theological viewpoint of Scripture, a viewpoint that allows no one else to call themselves a Bible Christian unless they also call themselves a Young Earth Creationist.
Should you wish to teach yourself other conservative Christian viewpoints on the beginnings of God’s universe, please go to the BioLogos Foundation website at http://biologos.org/. You will have many days of good reading, and many reasons to not be a Young Earth Creationist. Pat Robertson is right on this one.